Bermuda. ca. 1895. 44 silver gelatin photographs, each 3 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches. Maroon pebbled cloth album. Light shelf wear, some water damage to front board. Photos mounted directly to thick card stock. Light wear to edges of a few images. Very good. Item #WRCAM52956
An engaging photograph album that documents a late 19th- century voyage to Bermuda. The photographer left New York on a steamer operated by A.E. Outerbridge & Co., one of the early organizers of tours to Bermuda for American vacationers. Much as today, they advertised the climate as a perfect choice for the discerning and well-to-do winter vacationer. The album begins at the point of departure, with images of the pier in New York and the steamer conveying tourists to Bermuda. The ship arrives in Hamilton, and there are a series of harbor and town images, including the docks and port, the town's Front Street, several hotels, and beach scenes. The album also contains numerous images of rural Bermuda, its estates and plantations, landscapes, locals working and in transit, and animal life. An attractive vernacular assemblage that depicts Bermuda at the end of the 19th century and testifies to the island's emerging tourist industry.